Scientists Closer To Understanding Why Anything Exists

In the very beginning of the universe, at the starting shot of the big bang, there existed equal amounts of matter and antimatter. But almost instantly, most antimatter vanished. Why? If this was the case, matter and antimatter should have annihilated each other, leading to…well, nothing. Or so you’d think.

Physicists Confirm Discovery of the Higgs Boson

Physicists announced today that they have officially discovered the elusive Higgs boson. Since unveiling their near-discovery in July 2012, physicists working at CERN had referred to the particle as “Higgs-like,” unsure if it was the actual Higgs or a particle similar to it. Readings indicated the “Higgs-like” particle at 125 gigaelectronvolts (GeV). They’ve since had nearly a …

LHC. Nap TiME!

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider Is About To Take A Nap

Everyone hoping for CERN to create microsingularities will have to wait a while longer, as the Large Hadron Collider will soon be shutting down until 2015. A two-year downtime period will begin in February, when engineers will steadily warm the accelerator up to room temperature and begin necessary maintenance and upgrades, which will last until …

Exploring “A Slower Speed of Light”

Produced by MIT Game Lab, A Slower Speed of Light is an open-source “game prototype” that takes players on a (very) short tour of the relativistic nature of light. It’s more a demonstration than a game, though. Players are tasked with collecting floating spheres, and for each sphere they collect, the speed of light slows …

The Cosmic Computer

Scientists Search For Evidence That We Live Within A Computer Simulation

I’ve written about Nick Bostrom’s simulation hypothesis, and individuals such as Frank Tipler, who believe post-humans will create a universal simulation that will, in essence, grant us virtual immortality. You can read about both ideas in the article Simulated Reality At The End Of The Universe. We’ve even looked at the research of superstring theorist …